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If the producers of Wicked ever were requested to bring the show to Vegas, what improvements would you want to see made to the show?


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Make it darker and truer to the book. Please. Don't make it all completely about Elphaba and Glinda. Yes, we know the female friendship thing works to make money. But quality over finances thank you very much. They've already made enough money off the show. Take a possibly Vegas engagement as an opportunity to make something really good. Oh, and change musical Fiyero to book Fiyero.

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NO CUTS (Broadway shows that play in Vegas Hotels are only 90 minutes long w/o an intermission)


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Giant elaborate orchestrations and costumes and effects. A big fat spectacle. Make Elphaba's "magic ticks" and whatnot real. Like really really real. And better. Just improve everything. Over the top craziness.


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OldDeuteronomy wrote:
NO CUTS (Broadway shows that play in Vegas Hotels are only 90 minutes long w/o an intermission)


That's not true.

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I actually don't want it to be too over the top, because that would take away from the story in the show. I loved the clock set, but I was thinking that they might want to go with a whole new set design for the show. Idk. :? And TVAW, that is true. Phantom and many of the other shows that are done in hotels have been shortened due to the focus on casinos and other hotel entertainment provided in Vegas.


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superwickedfan33 wrote:
And TVAW, that is true. Phantom and many of the other shows that are done in hotels have been shortened due to the focus on casinos and other hotel entertainment provided in Vegas.


I've seen Phantom and Jersey Boys multiple times in Las Vegas. Although many of the casino owners would prefer it that way, it's not a rule that Strip productions of Broadway shows are shortened to that degree. Jersey Boys, while slightly shorter, does not run 90 minutes and actually has a (shortened) intermission. Mamma Mia was unaltered, and I believe The Lion King is also running at its full running time as well.

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Huh. Well that's news to me. Well then I guess that the could do wicked at it's full run time then. And they could easily shorten the intermission to cut off some time.


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Trivia: After it was already shortened for Vegas, Steve Wynn wanted to shorten Spamalot more than it already was. They wouldn't let him.

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Make it darker and truer to the book. Please. Don't make it all completely about Elphaba and Glinda. Yes, we know the female friendship thing works to make money. But quality over finances thank you very much. They've already made enough money off the show. Take a possibly Vegas engagement as an opportunity to make something really good. Oh, and change musical Fiyero to book Fiyero.

Making the show truer to the novel might not necessarily make Wicked better. The novel itself is very flawed in its own right, although I agree that aspects of Fiyero's character are far better conceived in the novel. Using the relationship between Elphaba and G(a)linda as the point around which all other aspects of the plot revolve was the right move in adapting the novel for a musical and the choice gives the show a focus that the book never had. However, one of the flaws of the show lies in the way that the book of the musical constructs the rest of the narrative around that central relationship.

The kind of changes you're suggesting above are actually the equivalent of creating an entirely new show from the same source material. If anything, a Las Vegas adaptation of Wicked would focus on the aspects that make the show most successful. In a town that is basically a theme park where money is the bottom line, producers not going to mess with a formula that's proven successful in every incarnation of the show we've seen thus far.

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